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* This video chronicles the life and times of the noted African-American historian, scholar and Pan-African activist John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998). * Both a biography of Clarke himself and an overview of 5,000 years of African history, the film offers a provocative look at the past through the eyes of a leading proponent of an Afrocentric view of history. * From ancient Egypt and AfricaĆ¢s other great empires, Clarke moves through Mediterranean borrowings, the Atlantic slave trade, European...
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Topics: African history, John Henrik Clarke, Pan-African, African-American history
Prelinger Archives
by Andover Productions
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Documentary showing the civil rights movement in 1959 and 1960: sit-ins, marches, boycotts and rallies in Montgomery, Ala., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. Directed by Madeline Anderson.
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Topics: African Americans, Social issues, Racism
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
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Eurocentric view of the plantation system and its effect on Southern U.S. culture.
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Topics: Race relations, Ethnography: U.S.: South, African Americans
Feature Films
by Ben Frye
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Musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers: Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Faye Adams, Bill Bailey, Herb Jeffries, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughan, Nipsey Russell, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davis, Little Buck, Nat 'King' Cole, Mantan Moreland, Cab Calloway and Ruth Brown. You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page .
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Topic: musical
Classic TV
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Episode 'The New Arrival' of the popular though controversal 50's sitcom "Beulah". Louise Beavers played Beulah. Cast: Louise Beavers: Beulah David Bruce: Harry Henderson Jane Frazee: Alice Henderson (most of this description has been removed. What was I thinking when I submitted it?)
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Topics: Classic TV, 50's Television, 1950's Sitcom, Fifties, Rare, Beulah, African American History
Prelinger Archives
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Silent Films
by Bert Williams
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In 1916 the Biograph film company signed black comedian Bert Williams to write, produce, direct and star in two comedies. Williams created "A Natural Born Gambler" and "Fish." While hardly a breakthrough in shattering racial stereotypes (Williams was required by the studio to wear "darkie" makeup), a black production with a black cast was unprecedented. The response was tepid and Williams did not appear in any movies after Fish . Gambler borrows from Williams'...
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Topics: silent, comedy, slapstick, black history